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Mold is abundant in many areas of Southwest Florida. Mold can be found in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, the underside of carpets and pads, front and back side of drywall, wallpaper or paneling, inside the HVAC system and duct work, attics, under roof eaves and even clinging to trees around Southwest Florida homes. When the four essentials for mold growth are present, as they often are here in Southwest Florida, mold can form on a wide variety of surfaces. In order for mold to grow, there must be available mold spores, mold food, warm temperatures, and moisture. Florida mold gives off a number of odors, but it most often smells like damp, musty woods.
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Indoor Air Quality and Mold
You may have heard or read lately that air pollution indoors can be a much greater risk than outdoor pollution. One factor that makes indoor air quality so important is that the majority of people spend up to 90% of their time indoors. Think of it. You can be in the presence of both chemical and biological pollutants almost all of your life!
Mold is one of the biological pollutants that is a living organism. Damp conditions, absolutely necessary for the growth of mold, occur in the majority of homes, especially homes in areas where the climate itself is moist. Mold can enter a home or business in the air, on clothes, or on a person's skin. Tiny mold spores that molds produce in their reproductive process sometimes land on damp spots in buildings. When this happens, an environment is created in which they can begin to grow.
Mold has the potential to cause health problems and even make a home inhabitable. However, everyone is affected differently when in contact with mold. The mold that may not bother the seller may severely affect the buyer. Some mold can produce allergens, irritants and, in some cases, potentially toxic chemical substances known as mycotoxins. People who are sensitive and exposed to mycotoxins can become ill. Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. People diagnosed with allergies and asthma may be very sensitive to mold. Mold can cause asthma attacks. Others at risk may include: infants, children, the elderly, immune compromised patients, pregnant women and individuals with existing respiratory conditions.
Real Estate Deals DO NOT Need to Be Broken
If the home you were thinking about purchasing has mold, DO NOT PANIC!
You can remove unusual mold levels from the home, and bring it back to the original condition. If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean the mold and fix the water problem. If you clean the mold but do not fix the water problem, the mold will grow back. If the contaminated area involved is very large, you may wish to consider hiring a professional mold remediation company.
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